CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Friday, Sept. 14, 2012) – The Charlotte Hounds and Rochester Rattlers today announced a trade that will send attackman Billy Bitter, defenseman Kevin Randall and the Hounds 11 th pick in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft to the Rattlers in exchange for Kevin Drew and the 4th and 28 thoverall selections in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft.
In 14 games with the Hounds this season, Bitter scored 14 goals and added eight assists. He had a shot percentage of 29.2% and his 22 points ranked fourth on the team. Randall, the Hounds’ 2012 seventh-round draft pick, remained on the Collegiate Inactive List and did not play in MLL this season.
"Billy is a great guy, on and off the field,” said Hounds COO & Dir of Player Personnel
Wade Leaphart. “He’s great with the fans, great in the locker room, great for MLL in general. He's an original Hound and will be missed. At the end of the day, we had to remove all personal feelings from the equation.” The Hounds now have back-to-back first-round draft picks in 2013, holding the third and fourth overall selections. “By securing another first and fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft, in addition to strengthening the midfield with Kevin Drew, we are closer to being a championship caliber team next season and beyond," said Leaphart.
Drew was the Rattlers’ second-round draft pick in 2012 (13
th overall) out of Syracuse Univ. He played in 11 MLL games this season recording five goals, two assists and 15 groundballs.
“It is rare when an organization can fill a need and acquire high round draft picks in the same deal,” said Hounds Head Coach
Mike Cerino. “While it was a tough move emotionally, we do feel that this move will allow the Hounds to get closer to our goal of being a MLL playoff team.”
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its thirteenth season in 2013. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.